Disqus SEO Looks Good From Here

I was a little hesitant to install the Disqus comment system, but I took the plunge to see how I liked it and I find many of the features so helpful and superior to WordPress‘s native comment system that I’ve decided to make the switch permanent. The Disqus dashboard, the universal login for all other sites using Disqus, and the ability to reply and delete comments by responding to the notification e-mail are all major reasons that I’ve decided to stick with the switch. There were two concerns that I had that almost had me hit the uninstall:

1. SEO - I’m not an expert in SEO but I have explored the basics and have seen the value that comments on a post can add to your search ranking, so I was concerned about losing that traffic source. In looking into the subject this issue was one that many bloggers had expressed and is one that Disqus is taking seriously. For WordPress users, the Disqus plugin uses their API and there doesn’t seem to be a problem. I did a little experiment to make sure that the Disqus comments are being indexed correctly, and while I can’t say they have the same value as a WordPress comments, what I see is good enough for me:

WordPress comment w/ #1 rank from my post helping people having trouble opening files with an .efw extension:

#1 Google rank from WordPress Comment

Disqus comment w/ #1 rank from my interview with Profy VP, Svetlana Gladkova:

#1 Google Ranking from Disqus comment

Obviously not heavily searched terms, but it’s what I could quickly pull from my existing comments, I encourage you to try the same thing for yourself. You’ll also note that there is no duplicate content from Disqus showing in the searches.

2. Not Hosting Comments – The problems with not hosting your own comments were made clear this past week as a database error at Disqus made all comments unavailable for a short time. Hopefully this point will be moot in a month or so as Disqus implements the export to WordPress feature that’s in the works. If Disqus goes down, you’ll still have all the data. It will be a huge reduction in risk and should help sway those bloggers who aren’t quite sure about making the change.

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    I installed Disqus yesterday but encountered some trouble getting it up and running on the site. The problem wasn’t Disqus’ fault, it was mine really. I had initially associated my blog with an older Disqus account and needed to reassign it.

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    Whilst I do believe that Disqus is a markedly simple way to post a comment, it is generally a no-follow option – does this factor into the effectiveness and desirability of commenting?

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    I like Disqus for commenting but in SEO we have to change keywords so we have to sign up everytime with different id to post comment via different keywords.

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    SEO is the process of optimizing a website to improve the appearance in search engines like Google and Yahoo. Disqus is one of the comments system that I really love.

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    Thanks for the test results, I was curious about this myself.

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    How do you think of IntenseDebate vs. Disqus? I've heard the WordPress integration is good with ID, but Disqus is overall better.

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    spammers are not going anywhere…look at this comment. I thought there was some “report” button or “dislike”.

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    Disqus is a great comment system, and can allow you to get and give traffic from your site. Great post!

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    thanks for this post … i was really wondering if commenting on disqus enabled sites works … thanks

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    I’ve been looking at disqus too but don’t like WordPress. The API looks pretty daunting.

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    Hmm.. maybe I will give it a try on my blog then.

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    I’m giving it a shot, but my username only points to my disqus.com/profile…and not my site. I’m not sure what the deal is…seems like everybody else has their username pointing to their site. There doesn’t seem to be any info, I’ve been trying to find what setting I have wrong on my profile. *update*Ok, when I logged out of disqus my link shows :)

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    Disqus is a great tool.

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    Disqus commenting system is really great! I also use it on my blog … But it has a downside … we can not make comments, Disqus does follow, and we can not use CommentLuv plugin with it.

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    No doubt about it. A friend of mine also told me many good things about Disqus!

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    Disqus has so many more user friendly options than the alternative comment systems.

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    I am thinking about adding Disqus widget in my blog, I like it’s commenting system but have no idea what type of effect I will get on SEO as I am totally newbie in SEO. Should I use it ? Reading others comment on this post made me thinking that adding Disqus Widget is good, I hope I am right at this !

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    Disque has so many latest features .it is user friendly. you can easily see where else a commenter has left comments.

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    I just added Disqus to my site and I did try intense debate and didn’t like it. I really like Disqus so far.

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    I’ve just started using Disqus on some of my blogs and am already a big of it. Certainly minimizes spam comments and looks great.

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    On the topic of blog commenting, would blog commenting be as helpful as social bookmarking, since some comments will not be approved just because of the fact that the blog owner does not moderate it anymore?.. unless they are auto-approved blogs.

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    No backlinks = No traffic = No money
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